Black Women in Comedy Laff Fest Returns to the NYC Stage June 16-20th
The annual New York City comedy festival returns to give a voice to and empower the Black women comedy community
By: Black Women in Comedy Laff Fest
Founder Joanna Briley noticed a lack of diversity in the comedy industry and recognized the need to amplify the hidden yet ever-present comedic voices in the Black community by creating a platform for these diverse, powerful, yet often overlooked, voices to be heard. Briley has been a comedian and successful producer for over ten years and is excited to continue her legacy while creating a sisterhood with the Laff Fest.
The previous 2019 festival weekend took place during Black History month and the beginning of Women's History month, while this year's Laff Fest will be held during Pride month, featuring LGBTQ+ representative Black comedians and empowering Black women in the comedy community.
"When I first began my journey in the comedy industry, I was too shy and afraid to seek out a mentor, but in this business you fare better with a veteran comedian, male or female, to help guide you and shape your journey," said Joanna Briley, comedian and founder of Black Women in Comedy Laff Fest. "As Black comedians, the emotional and mental aspects of navigating an industry that isn't as inclusive as it may seem, can take a toll on your spirit. The goal of the festival is to create a safe space to share and unload the negative experiences most of us have faced, and leave the festival with a renewed passion for success."
The festival will take place at eight venues: Brooklyn House of Comedy, Friends and Lovers, The Tiny Cupboard, Broadway Comedy Club, West Side Comedy Club, St. Marks Comedy Club, Bedford Manor and Tilly's BKLYN.
The annual event is sponsored by Stand Up! Girls™, a NYC nonprofit teaching girls from underserved communities to write and perform stand-up comedy, and Lois Thompson, Comedian and Real Estate Broker and Certified Negotiation Specialist at Compass.com. Thompson hosts and produces the all-female Blacklight Comedy Show at Brooklyn Moon.
Tickets for the shows cost $15 and festival 2-4 day passes are available for purchase. Due to safety restrictions for Covid-19, sales are limited and only available online at this time.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the www.bwiclafffest.com